Let me get one thing straight: You don't need to abuse any bugs to have 99+ in any of the skills this time into the server. Especially with the current state of the world and a lot of people being able to be online most hours of the day. 90+ woodcutting especially is fairly easy for an experienced player.
I've really enjoyed the new servers, though I have spent almost all of my time in the north on one of them: Defiance. I never really spent any time on Harmony, and instead I hopped over to Melody when that opened and now Cadence if I ever feel like playing on the PvE side of things. All of the new servers, even Harmony, seem a lot more alive than the proper old servers and there's always someone I can wander into. It's not packed like it was in the beginning, but I'm sure nobody wants to have their deed literally surrounded by other deeds.
Help me understand what you're trying to say. The Northern isles are still a lot different from the Southern isles.